Read. Acts 12:20-25
20 Herod had been furious with the people of Tyre and Sidon for some time. They made a pact to approach him together, since their region depended on the king’s realm for its food supply. They persuaded Blastus, the king’s personal attendant, to join their cause, then appealed for an end to hostilities. 21 On the scheduled day Herod dressed himself in royal attire, seated himself on the throne, and gave a speech to the people. 22 Those assembled kept shouting, over and over, “This is a god’s voice, not the voice of a mere human!” 23 Immediately an angel from the Lord struck Herod down, because he didn’t give the honor to God. He was eaten by worms and died.
24 God’s word continued to grow and increase. 25 Barnabas and Saul returned to Antioch from Jerusalem[a] after completing their mission, bringing with them John, who was also known as Mark.
Reflect. Tyre and Sidon were two leading cities of Phoenicia, modern Lebanon, north of Palestine. Herod could make their life difficult by not using their ports for trade in Palestine, and because they relied on Palestine for food during hard days. There is an historic record of this event beyond what we read in the Bible. A Jewish historian, Josephus, writes of how Herod met them in a public session dressed in silver cloth. The silver reflected the sun and caused people to exclaim that Herod was a god. Within days Herod is dead following severe stomach pain.
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